SOL16, Day 7: Looking for Batman

I’ve been collecting objects for my student slicers.  Found objects. Things can trigger story ideas. I started this last week, and the kids loved it. They go to the box. Take an item. Set it on their desk and write. They’ve even added a few of their pieces to the collection.

This week, I wanted to add new treasures, so I went looking for a few small toys.

We had plenty. I stored them in plastic boxes kept under a wooden bunk bed.

When our sons moved out, the bunk bed was dismantled, and our daughter moved into the larger space.  It made sense. Still, I remember feeling the finality of it. The room was no longer a boy’s space.

But what happened to those toys?

The Lego pieces, the Batman with the plastic cape that detached, Robin. They would be perfect for my writing box. Those toy-filled bins. Did we store them?

I looked in the garage and found things. Things that were essential at the moment but now are too big or too outdated to use, and too personal to give away.

My middle child’s wiggly skateboard. The elder son’s turntable.


A box of medals, school papers, pictures, albums stacked in the corner.


DVDs, an old softball, a single crutch from an emergency room visit.


No dinosaurs, Legos, or superheroes. Did I give them to someone?  Did I throw them away?

Writing this forced the memory I had forgotten.

The airforce officer at Starbucks. He had two young sons.  They reminded me of my boys. I had the toys in the garage.  I saw these boys they were the perfect age for the toys. I asked if they were interested and went home to get the boxes.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” the father asked.

Of course.  I told him I was glad the toys would have a good home.

I don’t regret it. But, I’m surprised I didn’t save a few superheroes, a T-rex or a Hot Wheels car.

Considering what’s left in the dusty, disorganized garage. The remnants of three kids’ busyness. Their passions, accidents, awards, treasures, school life. These disparate things connect.

I’m glad to have these pieces, but still looking for Batman.

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers for the March Slice of Life Challenge. Writing helps me find memories and understandings. Find more slices here.




18 thoughts on “SOL16, Day 7: Looking for Batman

  1. I have had several moments like this. Swearing that I have them tucked away somewhere special but then realizing that I handed them down to someone who would appreciate them more. What a gift it was for those boys. Good luck on your search for Batman as well as filling your writing inspired bucket. So fun!

  2. I give away everything. It drives my family crazy. I wonder if you could use this idea as a slice. Ask them if they’ve ever lost something, searched for it, and never found it.

  3. Thanks for the treasure box idea. I have been gathering this weekend and plan to write about it for one of my slices this week. This post, however, pulled at my heartstrings. What do we keep? My girls have told me to give away the bins of doll stuff. I have given some to nieces, but I can’t give it all away. I could send you a Lego block because I think I know where one is.

  4. You know you have something, you look and look, but yet it eludes. Then memories come creeping back and now there is an a-ha moment. I love the way you wove this story of the missing superheroes, but found a memory moment.

  5. Because I had an estate sale before I moved, I still go to look for something, & wonder about it, think it must have gone to sell. I gave a lot away too, and am glad to have done so, but I do remember. You did a kind thing, but funny that after these years, now you wish you had a bit back. Great idea for the 3-d prompts.

  6. Passing things like this on when they can be loved and appreciated means a lot. Many of our old toys have made their way into my classroom. It is so interesting to watch new children play with castles and lego that once belonged to my children. Love the title of this piece!

  7. Even though my sons are babies I’m already thinking about the time they’ll leave the next. I know I’ll hold on to their things, our memories. I can’t bear to part with many baby clothes they’ve outgrown. My husband tells me just take a picture and move on. But it’s hard!

  8. I like the treasure box idea. For me it could even be a walk around the house – pick an item and write about it. A great journal writing idea. Thanks – I love the photo’s – I am always looking for something that I gave given away.

  9. The title prompted me to click over here, and the story rings so true. Yesterday my daughter cleaned off her bookshelf, and I brought a bunch of little kids’ books in today to offer to my students for their younger siblings. I hung on to three–my own copy of Blueberries for Sal, my husband’s own copy of George and Martha, and I Love You, Goodnight, which is not anywhere near as good of a book as the first two, but IS the first book we read to our kids, in a mangled combination of English and their first language.

  10. Your last line made me laugh! Hi Julieanne! I haven’t been a good reader this Challenge yet–I’ve been barely getting the posts done, and I’m so glad I stopped in. Your pictures and your winding your way to a story and a memory are such a writerly things to do. Loved the connectedness of the objects, your students, your children, and your memories.

    • Oh thanks, Melanie! Good to see you! I’ve been feeling bad about not getting to enough slices. There are so many and they are so good. So many friends to check in on. These are all good problems. I like your use of the word YET. Still many days to read and comment!

  11. What a wonderful idea with the writing treasure box! I will stay hopeful that there is a little Batman hiding somewhere in the stacks. Isn’t it a difficult tension between wanting to clean up, declutter, regift and rehome things that were loved and holding on the the memories that they represent? I definitely felt that after reading your post! I think you are better at moving things along than I am…but I will hold out hope for a little treasure to surface!

  12. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I felt the longing for a little bit of the past that I have long let go of. You’re still looking for batman. I’m still looking for harry potter legos. 🙂

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